AUGUSTA — Stalking will become a crime in Maine this fall under a bill signed by Gov. John R. McKernan.
The bill will make stalking — following someone or going to her or his home, school or business without reasonable cause — a form of harassment, a misdemeanor.
Stalking will be a more serious crime if the victims have a court order protecting them from abuse or harassment. And for people convicted of stalking three times within five years, it will be a felony punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
State Rep. Mary R. Cathcart, who sponsored the bill, said more than 40 states have adopted some type of anti-stalking laws.
“This is a positive step, particularly for Maine women, but in reality for all Maine people,” the Orono Democrat said.